John Murtough explains why Manchester United signed Antony

Manchester United football director John Murtough has good reason to have a spring in his step this morning after Manchester United announced the signing of Antony from Ajax.

I don’t just say that because I think Antony is a gifted footballer with a really high celling to get even better, but because he landed another one of Erik ten Hag’s primary targets.

Murtough was subject to criticism this summer for the way United chased Frenkie de Jong, which was warranted but they had a good option to fall back on.

You can’t expect the club to land every target and to Murtough’s credit, Ten Hag got several players he asked for at the beginning of the summer, even if you can’t include Casemiro in that.

This should be seen as early signs that Murtough can do a better job than Ed Woodward — if allowed.

From Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez to Antony and Martin Dubravka. I think that is a better transfer window than what I imagined.

Murtough has described Antony as ‘one of the most exciting young talents in European football’ and we’re exciting to see what he will bring to the team over the coming years.

Speaking to club media, Murtough explained why United moved to sign Antony: “Antony is one of the most exciting young talents in European football and has exactly the right profile for the attacking, dynamic team Erik is building.

“We have been especially impressed by his desire to join Manchester United, and to be part of a long-term project to get the club back to the levels of performance we all expect.”

While we named Dubvraka in a paragraph above, the Newcastle United goalkeeper has yet to be announced as a Untied player. We expect that announcement very soon.

Let us know in the comments section how many goals you think Antony will score for United this season?


  1. Anthony since he z a great attacking player i think he will be able to register atleast 17 goals this season.

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